Recent News and Articles

Mobile Money – Africa Leading The Way – Everyone’s Gotta Do It!

Nov 12, 2015
By: Shelley Spencer, CEO, Strategic Impact Advisors, LLC

Four years ago, USAID saw the promise of mobile money as a way to bring financial inclusion to the world’s 2.5 billion unbanked. Today that number, as measured by the World Bank’s  Global Findex, has fallen to 2 billion and USAID requires use of mobile...

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Creating Shared Value for Hotel Owners, a Chemical Company, and the Mara-Serengeti Ecosystem

Nov 12, 2015
By Caitlin Lovegrove

The Mara Serengeti, spanning the border between Kenya and Tanzania, is known worldwide for its natural beauty and biological diversity, which is one of the reasons why it draws over a million tourists a year. There is...

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A Reflective Multi-faceted Approach to Africa’s complexities

Nov 12, 2015
By Portals LLC, Omo Igiehon (CEO) and Avinash Ramnanan

Ugandan TV journalist, Nancy Kacungira[1], captures succinctly the dilemma we face when we try to tell “the African story”: “…lumping all 54 countries into a single category just doesn't cut it”[2]. To...

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Kaizen Local Capacity Development (LCD) Program: Progress, Pitfalls, and Potential for USAID Local Solutions in Ethiopia

Nov 12, 2015
By: Tsion Kiros and Danica Gebru

“We are starting to witness less polarization between the Christian and the Muslim societies in Jimma and Argoba largely due to changes in attitudes,” said Mamo Wejega, Program Coordinator at the Inter-Religious Council of Ethiopia (the Council). Mr. Mamo reports that the Council has made great strides in its peacebuilding...

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Procurement Training Promotes Infrastructure Development in Sub-Saharan Africa

Nov 12, 2015
By Phil Green, Green Powered Technology LLC

According to the World Bank, infrastructure is the major limiting factor to economic growth in most African countries and is found to depress business productivity by around 40 percent. Green Powered Technology works with the U.S. Trade and Development Agency to promote smart infrastructure development in sub-Saharan...

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TRADE FACILITATION IN AFRICA: Health, Farmers, Women, and Environment

Nov 12, 2015
Donaldo (Duca) Hart, Ph.D.

The policies and rules governing international trade often appear marginally relevant even to development professionals. As trade facilitation professionals, Duca Consulting International believes that the WTO’s new Trade Facilitation Agreement will bring substantial benefits to broad-based welfare in Africa—as it has...

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